I love Kresley Cole's books. The characters, the fantasy, it's all there. In this book, the heroine and the unlikely hero, who is also a villain, have enough drama in their lives and they are aided and abetted by a bunch of other characters who are fascinating in themselves. It's a good read.
This book is the denouement to Rush's and Blair's story; everything is tidied up and finished as far as they're concerned. The rest is all about introducing new characters and love interests for existing characters which are likely to flow into separate books.
This is a cliched story but then so are most romance novels, what sets each apart are the characters and story twists. This book has characters which capture your interest and emotion (including ones you want to kill) and a story you want to hear or read. But I wonder at the author's choice of name for the lead male character, did she not think about how the sex scenes would read - "oh Rush, please rush, yes, yes Rush..."
The contract by which Tristan seeks to bind Nina seems lame; a shade of that which is the centrepiece of that other book, you know the one. More surprisingly, she falls for it. Fortunately the plot redeems itself as it develops into an interesting and deeper story as the characters develop. You need to wait for the next volume to find out the full story.
I guess I can understand that sometimes readers want to hear more from a character or perhaps don't want to let go but I don't really see the point of this book. It re-tells a story already told, word for word almost, from the male lead character's point of view. The book does not really provide any insight into the character or provide any depth or explanation to the story (which is really not that complex to require any explanation). What's more the the story in each of the other books in the series is told through multiple viewpoints, that is different chapters for each of the 2 main characters telling their story. So why do we need another book dedicated to Rush? Is it a money spinner?
As you'd expect from a sequel, the story continues where the first left off. However, unlike other series where each book tends to be just another episode with melodrama and pages of angst to act as page fillers, this one actually adds depth. Personally I think this book is better than the first and I almost didn't buy it because I thought it would be one of those where the same story is retold from another viewpoint. Surprisingly, what I found is that the plot that was sketched out in the first book thickens as Tristan finds out the extent of his family's wrong doings and his difficulty in coping with that and the effect that it has on his tenuous relationship with Nina. The only disappointing thing is that the story does not end and we have to wait for another volume (hopefully not more) to get our happy ending.
Great characters, stories and performance. A little dark but very captivating. I feel drawn into this series, can't wait for more.
I reviewed the second book before this one and got the 2 the wrong way around. I wish that the next in the series had been published so that I could have read it right away as I did with the second book. This is a great series, very unpredictable and I can't wait to see how it all works out.
This is a romance that does not strictly follow the formula for romantic story writing; it does not have the fairy tale ending for starters. It is captivating and unpredictable and sets the scene for the sequel which I read straight after this one and can't wait for more.
The performance made this book more palatable. The characters are likeable but the story lacks oomph; nothing much happens. A little disappointing, plot complexity gave way to sappy, repetitive and cliched dialogue.
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